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Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752
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November 01, 2012

Commissioner Aubertine Announces Return of “Pride of New York Harvest Fest” to the State Fairgrounds

Event to Feature the Best in New York Wine, Beer and Food Sampling

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced that the fourth annual Pride of New York Harvest Fest will be held on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.  The event celebrates the best in New York State wine, food and beer.  Approximately 50 growers and producers from across the state will offer the public a unique opportunity to taste and purchase award-winning wines and beers as well as various food samples from all across the state.

The Syracuse event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 4 at the New York State Fairgrounds in the Horticulture Building. This year’s event will also feature live entertainment provided by New Day Band.

Event tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Admission includes a complimentary wine or beer glass, tasting samples and an opportunity to win the “Pride of New York Basket of Bounty.” The Basket of Bounty will feature a large collection of New York State wine, beer, marinades, honey, maple products, baked goods and more provided by exhibitors from across the state.

“At last week’s Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, Governor Cuomo demonstrated a remarkable commitment to promoting the growth of New York State-based industries,” said Commissioner Aubertine.  “Harvest Fest brings New York’s growing wine and beer industries together with a variety of New York-based food exhibitors.  Come one and come all, because this year’s Harvest Fest is shaping up to be the best one yet.”

Advance sale tickets may be purchased by calling 315-487-7711, extension 1000 or by faxing an order form, available at www.nysfair.org, to 315-487-9260. Tickets ordered by phone or fax are credit card only (Visa or MasterCard); in-person purchases may also be made in cash.  Tickets can be picked up at the door during the event. Event parking is free.

Pride of New York Harvest Fest attendees will automatically be entered to win the Basket of Bounty; there is no purchase necessary.  Entrants must be 21 years old to be eligible.  A winner will be randomly selected on November 4 at approximately 5 p.m. Attendees need not be present to win.

“The Pride of New York Harvest Fest is a wonderful opportunity for people to sample some of the tastiest things farmers have to offer,” said Dean Norton, New York Farm Bureau President.  “It also highlights the benefits of buying local and supporting local agriculture in this state, the backbone of the rural economy.  Commissioner Aubertine and the State of New York should be commended for once again throwing a great event for all to enjoy.”

“We’re delighted that the Department of Agriculture & Markets is again sponsoring the Pride of New York Harvest Fest at the State Fair, and that New York wineries will be an integral part of it,” said Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.  “Being able to connect directly with consumers is vital to the marketing of wine and the other farm products that will be showcased, and the late fall is a perfect time for New Yorkers to discover the wonderful bounty right from their own back yards.  Commissioner Aubertine and the Department staff deserve enormous credit for their promotion of New York agriculture.”   

For more information about the Pride of New York Harvest Fest, visit www.prideofnyharvestfest.com  or www.facebook.com/harvestfestny.

About the Pride of New York Program
The Pride of New York program is one way the Department of Agriculture and Markets helps promote New York State food and agricultural products. The Pride of New York Program brand emblem assists farmers and food processors in promoting their products, helps consumers find New York food and gives retailers and restaurants an easily recognizable way to highlight the New York State products they use and sell. To find out more about the Pride of New York Program, call 1-800-554-4501 or visit www.prideofny.com.

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